Discussion: Archival Acquisitions in the Time of Coronavirus

On May 21st the Society of American Archivists Acquisition and Appraisal Section held a virtual meeting over Zoom to discuss the challenges associated with collecting and acquisitions work during COVID-19. Over 90 participants shared their experiences, asked questions, and provided ideas on how to keep safety standards while maintaining archival best practices when it comes … Continue reading Discussion: Archival Acquisitions in the Time of Coronavirus

My First Year on the A&A Section Steering Committee

By Jamie SeemillerDenver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy DepartmentLast August, I was elected to serve as an At-Large Member for the Acquisition and Appraisal (A&A) Section for a two-year term. As the Acquisitions Archivist at the Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department, I love to talk about acquisitions and was excited for … Continue reading My First Year on the A&A Section Steering Committee

Communication, Trust, and Collaboration: Getting Everyone Invested in Acquisitions Work

By Meaghan O’Riordan Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library, Emory University Based on a presentation by the same name given at the 2019 meeting of the Society of American Archivists] I am the Accessioning Archivist at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library at Emory University, and I have … Continue reading Communication, Trust, and Collaboration: Getting Everyone Invested in Acquisitions Work

Advocating for Appraisal of Electronic Records

From a presentation given at the Acquisitions & Appraisal Section and Electronic Records Section Joint Meeting on August 3, 2019 By Christian Kelleher in collaboration with Cliff Hight, Susan Malsbury, and Kelsey O’Connell, leadership in SAA’s Acquisitions & Appraisal Section and Electronic Records Section.   At SAA, one can’t talk advocacy without acknowledging the work … Continue reading Advocating for Appraisal of Electronic Records

Boxes, Boxes, Everywhere: Centralizing Acquisitions at Northwestern University Libraries

By Brittan Nannenga, University Archivist, DePaul University  (Previously Accessions Specialist at Northwestern University Libraries) This post is a modified version of a presentation given at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 in Austin, TX, as part of the session “Do We Own This?: Transforming Acquisitions Practices and Workflows.”       In the fall of 2018, archives staff at Northwestern … Continue reading Boxes, Boxes, Everywhere: Centralizing Acquisitions at Northwestern University Libraries

Email Appraisal for State Records Agencies – TOMES and RATOM in North Carolina

From 2015 to 2018, North Carolina, Kansas, and Utah collaborated to develop “Transforming Online Mail with Embedded Semantics,” (TOMES) with the support of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). TOMES “seeks to identify email accounts of public officials with enduring value in order to capture, preserve, and provide access to … Continue reading Email Appraisal for State Records Agencies – TOMES and RATOM in North Carolina

Acquisitions & Appraisal Annual Section Meeting – Archives*Records 2018

by Kathi Isham/A&A Section Intern On August 17th around 200 people attended the joint meeting of the SAA Acquisitions & Appraisal Section and the Records Management Section. The meeting started with a lively round of Networking Bingo which inspired this tweet: Rachel Donahue @sheepeeh Networking bingo might be my fave icebreaker activity. (Acq/Appraisal & RM joint … Continue reading Acquisitions & Appraisal Annual Section Meeting – Archives*Records 2018

Providence Public Library Special Collections: Acquisitions Policies and Practices, part 2

by Kathi Isham This past March, I attended the New England Archivists Spring 2018 Meeting in New Haven and thoroughly enjoyed presentations by Providence Public Library staff about their outreach work to promote use of their special collections by the Providence arts community and their efforts to document that community by collecting material from local … Continue reading Providence Public Library Special Collections: Acquisitions Policies and Practices, part 2

Providence Public Library Special Collections: Acquisitions Policies and Practices, part 1

by Kathi Isham This past March, I attended the New England Archivists Spring 2018 Meeting in New Haven and thoroughly enjoyed presentations by Providence Public Library staff about their outreach work to promote use of their special collections by the Providence arts community and their efforts to document that community by collecting material from local … Continue reading Providence Public Library Special Collections: Acquisitions Policies and Practices, part 1